(Official Video / New Album 2013)
Benedictum “Scream” is taken from the album “Obey” out on Frontiers Records
Tracklisting: Dream Of The Banshee; Fractured; Obey; Fighting For My Life; Scream; Evil That We Do; Crossing Over; Cry; Thornz; Die To Love You; Apex Nation; Retrograde
Following in the footsteps of such legendary bands as Warrior, Rough Cutt and Psychotic Waltz, BENEDICTUM, with roots in San Diego, California, are truly mighty ambassadors in the world of Heavy Metal. Invoking power reminiscent of early Rainbow, the definitive sound of Savatage, and a nod to all the Gods of Heavy Metal; BENEDICTUM unleashes a stylish, epic brand of Metal on all fronts. Aggressive riffs, fierce rhythms, strong melodies, shredding leads and delicate textures converge at the crossroads where tradition and 21st century innovation merge. Veronica Freeman’s vocal gymnastics are the pit-bull on the pant leg of heavy metal.
BENEDICTUM came originally to the attention of Dio guitarist Craig Goldy. Impressed with what he heard, he turned the group on to long-time friend and former band mate, Jeff Pilson (DOKKEN, DIO, FOREIGNER). Equally blown away by the bands raw talent and untapped potential, Pilson took on the role of producer and recorded the BENEDICTUM incredible debut CD “Uncreation” in 2005, and released to enthusiastic, fist-pumping reviews, soon followed up by the band’s 2008 release, “Seasons of Tragedy”, which saw them evolve into a metal force which could not be denied.
Ready for yet another amazing chapter, Benedictum were off on a new and exciting musical episode as they signed a contract with Frontiers Records. Building upon their great foundation Benedictum recruited Grammy Award winning producer Ryan Greene (Megadeth, F5, NOFX) and fired on all cylinders. From the onslaught of the opening track “Dominion” to the epic “Epsilon” and the heartfelt acoustic track “Sanctuary”, this album has it all. Adding to the already explosive sound of “Dominion” are guest appearances by Jeff Pilson, Craig Goldy and none other than Rudy Sarzo on the fist-pumping track “Bang”.
Benedictum moved forward and are finally releasing their anticipated fourth record. A new line-up has solidified the bands drive along with an even more powerful sound. Veronica ‘The V’ Freeman and Pete Wells have grown by leaps and bounds and have joined forces with Rikard Stjernquist, formerly of JAG PANZER, who has brought a whole new level of drive to the band. “Working with Rikard has been a joy and I am learning a lot” says the V. Aric Avina formerly of Tynator is now manning the Bass Guitar. With John Herrera in the producer’s seat, the new set of songs which masterfully combine the heaviness and the epic melodies of the first 2 albums, Benedictum will make no prisoners this time!
"Obey" to the masters of Metal !
Veronica Freeman: Lead Vocals
Pete Wells: Guitars
Rikard Stjernquist: Drums
Aric Avina: Bass Guitar
Legendary guitarist’s new studio album set for spring release
Perhaps the most revered lead guitarist in thrash metal history, MARTY FRIEDMAN — whose groundbreaking work with Megadeth, Cacophony and as a solo artist has influenced legions of players around the globe — is currently putting the finishing touches on a new studio album, “Inferno.”
Tentatively set for a spring release, the album — FRIEDMAN’s first original material in four years, and his first album in more than a decade that will be released simultaneously worldwide — will feature what FRIEDMAN feels is the heaviest, most intense playing of his career. A one-minute teaser can be heard below:
"I’m extremely proud of the work I’ve done with Cacophony and Megadeth, but I was never interested in stopping there," FRIEDMAN says. “‘Inferno’ is the album that fans of my work with those two bands have always wanted me to make. I’ve finally made it, and completely on my own maniacal terms."
As Guitar World recently revealed in an exclusive in-studio feature, “Inferno” will include several collaborations with players influenced by FRIEDMAN, including Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom), Revocation guitar whiz David Davidson and the flamenco/metal acoustic duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. In addition, the album includes FRIEDMAN’s first songwriting collaboration with Jason Becker since the pair played together in the pioneering duo of guitar mayhem, Cacophony.
"On the guests’ songs, each would write a song from scratch, and then I would arrange it and add my parts to it," FRIEDMAN says. "That way, we were both invested in it, and it’s a little bit of a deeper experience than just banging out a guest solo."
Make no mistake, though — “Inferno” is unquestionably a MARTY FRIEDMAN album, and one he plans to tour behind extensively (including his first U.S. performances since 2003). Furthermore, it features what FRIEDMAN told Guitar World is “the most intense writing and playing I can do,” with the goal of “go(ing) completely ape-shit and smok(ing) everything else I’ve ever done.”
"I wanted to create a new landmark to which my future music will be compared," FRIEDMAN elaborates further. "That idea of just going completely balls-out — knowing what the full potential of my music and my playing could possibly be, and actually making it a reality — was what drove me through the whole process."
Just as he changed the game in the worlds of metal and guitar once before with his revered solo debut “Dragon’s Kiss,” FRIEDMAN now raises the bar to a new level for a new generation with “Inferno.” More information on the album will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Instrumental progressive metal quartet SCALE THE SUMMIT - who are currently embarked on an extensive European tour supporting Intronaut - have announced a short run of headlining tour dates throughout the US in early 2014. The band will perform two solo shows before they join up with post hardcore group, Hail The Sun, for the remaining run throughout the west coast. A full list of their upcoming headlining shows are as follows:
2/16 San Antonio, TX - Limelight
2/18 Tucson, AZ - The Rock
2/26 Fullerton, CA - Slidebar #
2/28 Reno, NV - Jub Jubs #
3/1 Salt Lake City, UT Shred Shed #
3/2 Boise, ID - The Shredder #
3/3 Richland, WA - Rays Golden Lion #
3/4 Spokane, WA - The Hop #
# with Hail The Sun
Described as “post-rock at its most melodic and dynamic best”(Alternative Press), SCALE THE SUMMIT’s latest album “The Migration” cracked the Billboard Top 200, debuting at #3 on the magazine’s Heatseekers chart earlier this year. The band have spent the better part of the year touring in support of the release alongside acts including current tour mates Intronaut, Tesseract, Anciients, Jolly, and The Reign of Kindo. The band was also seen appearing at the first ever Yestival alongside the iconic English group Yes, of whom they will rejoin in April on the progressive rock cruise ship festival ‘Cruise to the Edge’.
Grab a copy of SCALE THE SUMMIT’s “The Migration” digitally on either iTunes or BandcampOR pick up a physical copy on CD or LP from the Prosthetic webshop today!
Come see SCALE THE SUMMIT live throughout Europe on one of the below dates:
12/04 Bournemouth, UK - The Anvil ^
12/05 Bristol, UK - Exchange ^
12/06 Belgium - TBA ^
12/07 Berlin, DE - Cassiopeia ^
12/08 Hamburg, DE - Hafenklang ^
12/09 Frankfurt, DE - Elfer ^
12/10 Leipzig, DE - UT Connewitz ^
12/11 Wien, AT - Escape ^
12/12 Zürich, CH - Ebrietas ^
12/13 Bulle, CH - Ebulition ^
12/14 Milano, IT - Lo-Fi ^
12/15 Rome, IT - Traffic Live ^
12/16 Pisa, IT - Borderline Club ^
12/17 Montpellier, FR - Secret Place ^
12/18 Barcelona, ES - Razzmatazz3 ^
12/19 Madrid, ES - Caracol ^
12/20 Cleremont Ferrand, FR - Le Raymond ^
12/21 Besancon, FR - PDZ ^
12/22 Paris, FR - TBA
^ with Intronaut